AAPB Virtual Office Hours: Resources!

During this time of remote learning, join staff members of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) for virtual ‘office hours’ each weekday from 1-2p (ET) / 10-11a (PT). With more than 52,000 items streaming online, content in the AAPB can supplement your lesson plan with primary and secondary resources dating back to the 1940s. Each day the staff will highlight different topics and will be available to answer questions about navigating the archive.

Join the chat anytime between 1pm – 2pm ET at https://wgbh.zoom.us/j/973599243!

Can’t join the call? Forward a topic or question to Ryn Marchese, AAPB Engagement and Use Manager at ryn_marchese [at] wgbh [dot] org. You can also join the AAPB newsletter for more content and regular updates at https://americanarchive.org/about-the-american-archive/newsletter.

Day 01: Introduction to the AAPB

On the first day of AAPB’s Office Hours, staff gave an overview of the AAPB. For those less familiar, the AAPB is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to coordinate a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 70 years.

To date, over 112,000 digital files of television and radio programming contributed by more than 130 public media organizations and archives across the United States have been preserved and made accessible for long-term preservation and access. The entire collection is available on location at the Library of Congress and WGBH, and more than 52,000 files are available online at americanarchive.org.  

Day 02: Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, AAPB staff hosted the second day of Office Hours with a focus on women’s history and coverage of women’s issues on public media. Check out some of the suggested programs and series below.

Suggested series

Woman Series | WNED Buffalo, NY | 30 mins per episode (1972-1977)

Here are three featured episodes from more than 190 episodes available online:

Feminist Community Radio | KOPN Columbia, MO | 10-60 mins per episode (1970s-1990s)

Here are three featured episodes from more than 90 episodes available online:


Don’t Fence Me In: Celebrating Women and Girls of Wyoming | Wyoming PBS | 56 mins (2008)

Ohio Women’s Peace Walk: Documentary about the One Hundred Mile Walk Across Ohio | WYSO | 30 mins (1984)

Sissy Farenthold: A Texas Maverick, Assignment America | WNET New York, NY | 30 mins (1975)

*Sissy Farenthold, the former candidate for governor of Texas and U.S. Vice-President.

A Woman’s Place Is In The House: A Portrait of Elaine Noble, Something Personal | WGBH Boston, MA | 30 mins (1975)

*Elaine Noble was the first openly gay person elected to a state legislature, who began serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1975.


Transexuality and Sports, The Robert MacNeil Report | PBS NewsHour Washington, DC| 30 mins (1976)

Black Women and the Equal Rights Amendment, Say Brother | WGBH Boston, MA| 60 mins (1976)


Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady of the United States, speaks at Keene State College | New Hampshire Public Radio | 60 mins (1996)

Commencement Addresses by Shirley Chisholm and Betty Friedan, Five College Forum | New England Public Radio | ~59 mins (1981)

Kids program

Girls in Sports, Vegetable Soup | New York State Education Department (NYSED) | ~60 mins per episode (1978)

Day 03: Native American Programs

We would like to share digitized collections of Native American produced public radio and television programs. These programs document and share the experiences of individuals who identify with the tribes and First Nations of the Americas, sharing their experience through documentaries, event coverage, commentary programs, and local meetings.

  • Vision Maker Media Documentaries Special Collection includes 40 documentary films featuring Native voices from Native producers, created between 1982 and 2012. These films, created by independent Native producers and broadcast on PBS, inspire people to look at the world through Indigenous eyes and encourage youth to embrace their rich culture as part of their identity.

    The films document the people, society and culture of Native tribes including, but not limited to, the Navajo (Dine), Lakota, Choctaw and various other tribes. Topics include art, music, language and many others.

    Available online, access the Vision Maker Media Documentaries Special Collection to search for more topics of interest.


  • Koahnic Broadcasting Corporationfrom Anchorage, Alaska was created as a non-profit media corporation in 1992 by Alaska Native leaders to preserve culture and languages, combat widespread misconceptions and prejudices against Alaska Natives, and create cross-cultural bridges. 

    Since their creation, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation has been a national leader in Native American radio broadcasting, media production, and training. Their organization currently serves 400 public radio stations and repeaters, including 50 Native stations in rural communities. Many more listeners access the NV1 and KNBA webstreams on mobile devices to hear these shows that are engaging Native America.

    Access programs from their National Native Special Features series in the AAPB!

  • KWSO 91.9 FM from Central Oregon is a non-commercial community radio station owned and operated by three tribes of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS). These tribes include the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute Tribes, of which began broadcasting in September 1986 and now broadcasts 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

    The mission of KWSO radio is to provide quality radio programming that delivers local news and information; promotes education, cultural knowledge and language preservation; and increases awareness of social, health and safety issues with a primary focus on the residents of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

    KWSO series available online in the AAPB include Warm Springs Program, Our People & Mother Earth, Language Lessons, and more!

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